Dec 06, 2023  
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Doctor of Philosophy in Business with a Specialization in Strategic Management & Organization

Students may focus on a wide range of foundational as well as domain-specific topics, including entrepreneurship and innovation, family business, human resources management, industrial relations, organizational behavior, organizational theory, strategic management.

Program Requirements

Normally, all students should complete 36 units during the first two years of study.

Required courses (12 units):

Research Methods courses (12 units):

At least four additional courses, including one qualitative and one quantitative, with the approval of the supervisor.

Elective courses (12 units):

Four additional courses in a cognate discipline as approved by the supervisor. These may include the courses listed above in excess of the four required courses.


Registration in 900-level THES
Students must present and defend a thesis embodying the results of their research according to FGSR regulations.

Comprehensive and Candidacy Exams

All students are required to complete comprehensive and candidacy exams. Comprehensive examinations must be successfully completed within the first 24 months; students are eligible to write the comprehensive exam for
their specialization after completing the course requirements. Departments within the Faculty of Business are responsible for administering the comprehensive examinations for students in their specializations. [See Regulations of FGSR>Doctoral Degrees>Program Requirements ]

Length of Program

The program is full-time; candidates are expected to complete the required coursework and comprehensive exams in the first two years, normally followed by at least two years to complete the PhD thesis.

The maximum time to completion as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.